OWINGS MILLS, Md. – It looks like new 49ers receiver
Our suspicions were confirmed by San Francisco's offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
“There’s no doubt," Roman said after Johnson turned in another successful day at the 49ers joint practices with the Baltimore Ravens.
"Every meeting, every practice, guys are getting a little bit more synced up," Roman said. "I think we all say that we’re far from a finished product and we’ve got a lot more work to do though.”
The same can be said for fourth-round draft pick
"He gets better every day, more confident every day," Roman said. "And again, when something isn’t quite right we get it fixed and he gets it fixed and then you move on from there.
"That’s a credit to him."
Ellington has thrown himself into the mix to be San Francisco's starting punt and kick return specialist with the early training camp injury to running back
"That’s part of the allure of having a guy like that," Roman said.
Ellington did not catch a touchdown on Sunday. Johnson did. So did several other 49ers, most notably
Roman said the offensive coaching staff has been working in more deep throws in the last four practice scripts. That seemed like the common plan for Sunday's practice against the Ravens.
Overall, Roman said he enjoyed the challenge of facing a respected defense.
"Tempo is very similar to what we’d be doing against ourselves," Roman said, "but we get to do it against a different style of defense and certainly different style of players. Everybody’s working very well together and I think we’re getting a lot out of this."
In particular, the 49ers passing game is facing different coverages against Baltimore's personnel and the team's new contributors like Johnson and Ellington are finding ways to stand out on the practice field with 100-plus talented players around.
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